Meet Lesley Charters, a British yoga teacher whose latest venture takes Lesley walking in Uzes in the South of France where luxury meets the natural beauty of the Provence/Languedoc region.
The retreat (from September 30th to October 4th) is based at Villa Holiday France’s exclusive property in Uzès, where walkers will find themselves in luxurious surroundings with cool, typically French bedrooms, spacious living areas and breakfast and dinner, all typically Provençal, provided by a local chef.
Lesley Charters, who holds retreats in the Lake District and the Black Mountains, will start the day with an hour’s yoga class. Aimed at relaxing, stretching and starting the day with tranquility, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done any yoga before. Later you’ll head off into the countryside on a walk designed to last around 3 hours. It will be tailored to meet the group’s needs but will not be overly challenging (unless you want it to be!). "There are so many trails to choose from that take us through the fantastic landscape but they won’t be too physically demanding – we’ll tailor the walks to suit the group each day”. The holiday is aimed at all abilities from complete novice to the more experienced and the walks will tend to be about three hours long, leaving everyone free to explore Uzès or relax by the private pool.
Leading the retreat is Lesley Charters from A Time To Breathe. “I spent years training and working in Chemistry before realising that the formula for happiness was outside the laboratory and now I can’t get much further from the lab with my walking and yoga retreat in France”. Lesley had her career firmly set in the chemical industry after leaving university but following years in business and subsequently then taking her skills in to the classroom, it was time to reassess. “ I went to Tanzania teaching for 2 years. The pace of life was so very different, it was really the thing that brought about my decision to make a life change. When I returned home and to teaching at the sixth form college, the pressures were growing. I carried on with my yoga and at a retreat, with plenty of time to think, I made the huge decision to quit and to focus on the things that I loved”. Lesley trained and received her mountain leadership qualifications and swapped the laboratory for the outdoors, leading tours and retreats across the country from the Black Mountains in Wales to Wainwright’s favourite, the Lake District. “I can’t believe how much my life has changed for the better. Ten years ago I hadn’t considered leaving the Chemistry lab but was stressed and under constant pressure. Now I love my job – how can I not when I can share my love of walking and yoga in the most beautiful surroundings with the help of Villa Holiday France?”
Only a few places remaining so to guarantee your place on this autumn’s retreat please contact Villa Holiday France. For more details and to reserve your place please contact Jana at Villa Holiday France or call +44 (0) 2380 407575